PLACE IDENTITY AMONG NATIVE MINORITIES: LESSONS FROM ARABS IN ISRAEL

Ilan Shdema, Deborah Martin

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Abstract

This study addresses place identity among native minorities by focusing on the Arabs in Israel. It follows a recent trend in geography—the environmental-psychology approach to place identity—which focuses on the identity of individuals rather than the identity of places commonly emphasized in human geography. The study draws on mixed methods: 25 in-depth interviews with residents of Arab localities, in addition to questionnaires administered to both Arabs (210) and Jews (100) serving as a comparison group. Native minority members in this study have emphasized place identity as rooted in multilayered memories in situ, the clan-based social structure, and tensions with the government. These issues are discussed in the contexts of majority-minority relations and settler colonialism and nativism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-305
Number of pages20
JournalGeographical Review
Volume112
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Arabs
  • Israel
  • environmental psychology
  • place identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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